STILLWATER, Okla. — The Sheerar Museum of Stillwater History announced the eighth annual Cool Classics Summer Concert Series, beginning July 11 and each Friday through Aug. 8, at the Sheerar Cultural and Heritage Center Auditorium. Charles Barraclough, assistant director of the museum, spoke about this year’s featured artists and details of the concert series.
1 How did the concert series begin?
It started in 2007. Mahlon Halleck, who is a local string instructor, saw there was an absence of cultural activities, especially free ones, that were family friendly during the late summer months. We usually average between 100 and 150 per concert, but the auditorium can seat 200.
2 Is Sheerar Museum solely responsible for the concert series?
The first five years it was done in part with the Stillwater Arts and Humanities Council; since then, we’ve continued with the Oklahoma Arts Council with funding from their assistance.
3 What is unique about some of this year’s lineup?
Appassionata is a couple from the Tulsa area. They both perform in the Tulsa Symphony. They do a variety of music, like classical, all the way to Michael Jackson, Guns N Roses. It’s very interesting to hear on harp and viola.
4 Do people need to register or pay for the concert series?
The concerts are free, and they all begin at 7:30 p.m. Concerts last approximately an hour and are followed by a reception.
5 Are attendees able to meet the artists at the reception?
That’s honestly the purpose, is to greet the artists and have questions for them. That’s one of my favorite parts about the series, is they come and talk with the audience.